1988 Football League Second Division play-off Final

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1988 Football League Second Division play-off Final
First leg
Date 25 May 1988 (1988-05-25)
Venue Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
Referee Keith Hackett (Sheffield)
Attendance 25,531
Second leg
Date 28 May 1988 (1988-05-28)
Venue Stamford Bridge, London
Referee Brian Hill (Kettering)
Attendance 40,550
1987
1989

The 1988 Football League Second Division play-off final was contested between First Division Chelsea and Second Division Middlesbrough over two legs on 25 May 1988 and 28 May 1988. Unlike the present day format, the team which finished fourth from bottom in the First Division was entered into play-offs with the clubs which finished 3rd, 4th and 5th in the Second Division. Middlesbrough won 2–1 on aggregate and were promoted.

Match details[edit]

First leg[edit]

25 May 1988
19:30 BST
Middlesbrough 2–0 Chelsea
Slaven Goal 30'
Senior Goal 81'
Report
Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 25,531
Referee: Keith Hackett (Sheffield)
Middlesbrough
Chelsea
MIDDLESBROUGH:
GK 1 England Stephen Pears
RB 2 England Gary Parkinson
LB 3 England Colin Cooper
CB 4 England Tony Mowbray (c)
CB 5 England Gary Hamilton
RM 6 England Gary Pallister
CF 7 Republic of Ireland Bernie Slaven
CM 8 England Stuart Ripley
CF 9 England Trevor Senior
CM 10 England Paul Kerr
LM 11 England Dean Glover
Manager:
Scotland Bruce Rioch
CHELSEA:
GK 1 England Kevin Hitchcock
RB 2 Scotland Steve Clarke
LB 3 England Tony Dorigo
CM 4 England Steve Wicks
CB 5 Scotland Joe McLaughlin (c)
CB 6 England Colin Pates
CM 7 Scotland Pat Nevin
CM 8 England John Bumstead
FW 9 England Kerry Dixon
FW 10 Scotland Gordon Durie
FW 11 Northern Ireland Kevin Wilson
Manager:
England Bobby Campbell

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes.
  • Two named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.

Second leg[edit]

28 May 1988
15:00 BST
Chelsea 1–0 Middlesbrough
Durie Goal 18' Report
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 40,550
Referee: Brian Hill (Kettering)
Chelsea
Middlesbrough
CHELSEA:
GK 1 England Kevin Hitchcock
RB 2 Scotland Steve Clarke
LB 3 England Tony Dorigo
CM 4 England Steve Wicks
CB 5 Scotland Joe McLaughlin (c)
CB 6 England Colin Pates Substituted off 80'
CM 7 Scotland Pat Nevin
CM 8 England John Bumstead
FW 9 England Kerry Dixon
FW 10 Scotland Gordon Durie
FW 11 Northern Ireland Kevin Wilson Substituted off 80'
Substitutes:
MF 12 Wales Gareth Hall Substituted in 80'
MF 14 Scotland Kevin McAllister Substituted in 80'
Manager:
England Bobby Campbell
MIDDLESBROUGH:
GK 1 England Stephen Pears
RB 2 England Gary Parkinson
LB 3 England Colin Cooper
CB 4 England Tony Mowbray (c)
CB 5 England Gary Hamilton
RM 6 England Gary Pallister
CF 7 Republic of Ireland Bernie Slaven
CM 8 England Stuart Ripley
CF 9 England Trevor Senior
CM 10 England Paul Kerr
LM 11 England Dean Glover
Manager:
Scotland Bruce Rioch

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Two named substitutes.
  • Maximum of two substitutions.